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Kids Stay Free this fall at Palace Resorts

KIDS STAY FREE THIS FALL AT PALACE RESORTS
Combined with the $1500 Resort Credit, Palace Resorts Offers the Most Value Added Family Vacation

Palace Resorts – the company that sets the standard in five-star, all-inclusive resort accommodations – offers families a relaxing and affordable escape this fall with the Kids Stay Free Fall promotion at nine of their family hotels. Available for booking beginning now until Dec. 20, 2011, for travel from Sept. 1 through Dec. 23, 2011, kids stay, play and eat at no charge when guests book three nights or more, adding yet another element of value to a Palace Resorts vacation. The Kids Stay Free Fall promotion is valid for up to two children per room ages four to 12 when accompanied by one full paying adult.

Palace Resorts offers unbeatable Kids’ Clubs at Aventura Cove Palace, Beach Palace, Cancun Palace, Cozumel Palace, Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, Playacar Palace and Vallarta Palace. The Kids’ Club provides daily activities to keep younger family members having a blast including outdoor excursions such as snorkeling and kayaking, swimming in a vast winding pool with games and kids wading area, rock climbing, playing basketball, riding bicycles, as well as enjoying unlimited snacks. At Palace Resorts, children are just as important and the adults in the vacation experience.

The expansive Aventura Cove Palace is the newest in the collection of the Palace Resorts Mexican family destination with 489 well-appointed guest rooms and countless family-friendly amenities and activities. Through the VIK Program, kids have their own private check-in and are treated with the same level of personalized attention their parents receive upon resort arrival.  Kids have their very own check-in desk where they can climb up on a small step stool to see the receptionist and go through the customized check-in process, featuring a resort bracelet, fun shaped cookies, chocolates, caramel apples and a welcome balloon.  If children breeze through check-in before their parents, the VIKs are invited to watch kid friendly programming on a TV surrounded by oversized chairs for maximum comfort.  

Families visiting any of the nine Palace Resorts family properties can also take advantage of the $1,500 Resort Credit promotion available for booking now until Oct. 31, 2011, for travel now through Dec. 23, 2011. Guests staying five nights or more receive $1,500 per room per stay, while guests staying three or four nights receive $500 per room per stay. Guests staying 12 nights or more will receive an incredible credit of $2,500. With the $1500 Resort Credit, families may enjoy an unlimited combination of room upgrades to ocean view suites, Concierge Level or Family Category rooms; rejuvenating spa treatments; romantic private meals on the beach or poolside; golf times at one of the Palace Resorts branded courses and clubs; historical, cultural and entertainment tours; or even a wedding or vow renewal ceremony with a Palace Resorts Precious Wedding Collection package.

Palace Resorts all-inclusive accommodations start at $166 per person, per night, based on double occupancy.

To book a family vacation experience at Palace Resorts properties in Mexico or the Dominican Republic, visit www.palaceresorts.com, call (800) 635-1836 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (800) 635-1836      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or contact your preferred travel professional.

SHAKIRA takes the stage at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort. July 15th, 2011

SHAKIRA TAKES THE STAGE AT MOON PALACE GOLF & SPA RESORT JULY 15, 2011

MIAMI, Fla.– Palace Resorts – the company that sets the standard in luxurious, all-inclusive resort accommodations – proudly announces two-time Grammy winning and seven-time Latin Grammy winning artist Shakira in concert at the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort Fri., July 15, 2011.  This newly scheduled date is part of her current world tour to promote her latest album Sale el Sol.  Continuously praised as a leader in the all-inclusive vacation experience, Palace Resorts once again raises the bar, offering guests the unique opportunity to see an international superstar live in concert as part of its all-inclusive package.             

Guests booking seven nights or more at any Palace Resorts property in Mexico, excluding Isla Mujeres Palace and Vallarta Palace, receive two free tickets in the Gold section, redeemable with a code and direct link to www.ticketmaster.com.mx.  Tickets for Shakira in concert at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort include five sections: General standing, reserved seating in Gold, Platinum and Diamond, in addition to 12-person VIP booths.  Guests have the option to buy additional Gold tickets in the same section for a fee, or can opt to upgrade the two Gold tickets to Platinum, Diamond or a VIP booth for an additional fee.  Tickets may also be reserved via the special events section on Palace Resorts’ homepage, www.PalaceResorts.com.  Hotel guests also have the option to pick up their tickets upon arrival at Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort.

Selling more than 4 million copies worldwide within the first year, this bilingual smash hit marks Shakira’s seventh studio album, and includes “Waka Waka” (This is Time for Africa), the official song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.  Noted as the second most successful female Latin singer behind legend Gloria Estefan, and the highest selling Colombian artist of all time, Shakira brings heat to the Caribbean this summer with her captivating live stage show.

With praise from Condé Nast Traveler to EarthCheck,the AAA Four Diamond award winning Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort is Cancun’s all-inclusive quintessential, luxury family resort, and home to a stellar Jack Nicklaus golf course and rejuvenating Moon Spa.  Upon arrival at the Moon Spa, a thoroughly relaxing hydrotherapy experience is the first stop, followed by a choice of premier massages, bath therapies, facials and body scrubs, all expertly administered in 39 spacious treatment rooms.  Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resorts offers 2,434 luxurious guest rooms, including ocean view and garden view accommodations or golf villa suites.  Two of the largest lagoon-style pools in Mexico wind their way along the beach for more than 650 feet and are complemented by two children’s pools, six Jacuzzis and four swim-up bars.  Additional on-site adventures range from a water sports marina and sporting activities to a fully equipped fitness center and private Kids Club.  Travelers enjoy a variety of international delights at 15 restaurants, premium beverages and nightly entertainment at 16 bars and lounges.

Palace Resorts all-inclusive accommodations start at $166 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. Guests who book a stay of five-nights or more can take advantage of the most valuable vacation promotion on record – $1,500 Resort Credit.  The $1,500 Resort Credit can be used on room upgrades, spa and beauty salon treatments, golf outings, romantic dinners, Precious Wedding Collection packages, and off-site excursions and tours.  Best of all, the combination of options is unlimited, allowing guests staying for five nights or more to mix and match dollars among all included amenities.

To reserve your Palace Resorts stay and get two free tickets to the Shakira concert; or to book a vacation experience at any Palace Resorts property in Mexico or the Dominican Republic, please visit www.PalaceResorts.com, call (800) 635-1836 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (800) 635-1836      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or contact your preferred travel professional.

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About Palace Resorts
With 12 oceanfront resorts overlooking sparkling turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea or the tranquil Pacific Ocean, Palace Resorts sets the highest standards for five-star all-inclusive vacations in Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres and Riviera Nayarit in Mexico and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Palace Resorts provides an exceptional experience for travelers, offering luxurious and spacious accommodations accentuated by their signature in-room double Jacuzzi®, nightly entertainment, off-site excursions, the Caribbean’s most extravagant spas and premier Jack Nicklaus signature golf courses. Palace Resorts’ unparalleled level of service and comfort found at each property makes them a leader in providing world-class resort vacations.

Alliouagana Festival of the Word, Montserrat. Nov 12-14, 2010

Dear Friends
 
In just about a fortnight from now we will be into the 2nd Alliouagana Festival of the Word which takes place from Friday November 12 to Sunday November 14, 2010.  We hope that as many persons as possible will find this Programme interesting and will try to find the time to attend and participate in all of the planned activities.  Attached is the Programme for the Weekend and you will note that the Pre-Festival Symposium on Thursday November 11 is in honour of the late Alphonsus “Arrow” Cassell.  Kindly help with getting this information to as many persons as possible.
 
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have further questions.
 
Sincerely
 
 
Gracelyn
 
Gracelyn Cassell
Chair
Steering Committee
Alliouagana Festival of the Word
c/o The University of the West Indies
Open Campus Montserrat
P.O.Box 256
Salem, Montserrat
Tel:               664 491 3924        / 2344 office
Fax: 664 491 8924

Special Travel Arrangements into Montserrat for Arrow’s Funeral on October 1st, 2010

Special Travel Arrangements into Montserrat for Persons Coming for Arrow’s Funeral
Increased Flights and a Ferry Service to be Organised(September 23rd, 2010 – Brades, Montserrat):  In anticipation of the significant number of persons that will be coming for the funeral on October 1, 2010 of Montserrat’s most-famous son Arrow, the Montserrat Tourist Board (MTB) wishes to announce increased access, both by air and sea, to cater to these travelers.  In addition to the regularly scheduled air services on Winair (www.fly-winair.com) and Fly Montserrat (www.fly-montserrat.com), several additional charter flights are being organised on Fly Montserrat.  The cost of a return ticket from Antigua on these special charters is US$250 per person.   Passengers can pay in EC$ or US$ cash or by credit card (Visa, Master Card or Discover Card).   Travelers are also advised to limit the amount of luggage they will be bringing, as the aircrafts can only take a very limited amount of baggage.  Along with an increased number of flights, a return ferry service will also operate during the week leading up to the funeral on Friday October 1, 2010.  Further detailed information on dates, frequency and times of departure will be circulated, as soon as information is confirmed regarding the number of persons wanting to travel by ferry.Persons wishing to travel to Montserrat for the funeral, whether on the special air charters or by ferry, are asked to contact the Montserrat Tourist Board by email at info@montserrattourism.ms, by phone at (664) 491 2231, by fax at (664) 491 7430.  The following information would be required:          Name of person traveling          Number of persons in the travel party         Time and date of arrival into Antigua         Airline and flight no. arriving into Antigua         Time and date of Departure from Antigua         Airline and flight no. for departure from Antigua         Indicate whether desirous of traveling  by air charters or ferry          Accommodation in Montserrat where you will be staying
This travel information is necessary so that adequate return flights and ferry services can be arranged in and out of Montserrat during the period leading up to the funeral and afterwards. Persons are also asked to monitor the Getting Here section of the MTBs website at http://www.visitmontserrat.com/Getting_Here for updates on travel arrangements and also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/islandofmontserrat?ref=ts

Le Blanc Spa Resort Honored with Prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award for 2011

Le Blanc Spa Resort Honored with Prestigious AAA Five Diamond Award for 2011

MIAMI, Fla. – Le Blanc Spa Resort, a luxury, adults-only all-inclusive resort located in the heart of Cancun on one of the most stunning beaches in the Mexican Caribbean, has been recognized by AAA as an esteemed Five Diamond resort for 2011. The award recognition is reserved for outstanding properties that exemplify the highest level of excellence in every facet of operation. Only one-third percent of the more than 31,000 properties approved by AAA achieve the coveted designation.

Properties evaluated for the Five Diamond award must meet an outstanding 27 requirements to be considered for review based on the members’ expectations for minimum standards. This highly sought after award acknowledges the pursuit of perfection in rendering superior customer service and unmatched attention to detail, unique to the resort brand. Obtaining the highest quality star designation is recognized by more than 51 million AAA members.

“We are honored to be one of only three hotels in Cancun to receive this recognition that comes directly as a result of maintaining the constant level of superior service found only at Le Blanc Spa Resort,” said Roberto Chapur, president of Palace Resorts. “With an approximate staff to guest ratio of one-to-one, service is our number priority.  No stone is left-unturned in terms of operations in order to provide the highest quality resort experience for guests.”

Continuously acknowledged by top travel websites as one of the premier all-inclusive hotels in the world, Le Blanc Spa Resort has been recognized by Orbitz with a 2010 Best in Stay Award, in addition to being voted number one in Cancun by TripAdvisor users. The resort was also ranked as the sixth most popular all-inclusive resort in the world in the TripAdvisor 2010 Travelers’ Choice Awards.

            Le Blanc Spa Resort provides all guests with lavish personal attention in an atmosphere of contemporary and minimalist décor, with luxurious amenities and services. Pool concierges tend to guests every need at the resort’s infinity pools featuring swim-up bars and overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The signature Le Blanc Spa features a unique blend of Asian and European traditions providing guests with a refreshed and rejuvenated mind, body and spirit experience. The resort also boasts eight all-inclusive dining venues, including elegant a la carte themed restaurants, bars and lounges, offering haute cuisine and premium drinks. Additional features include a fully equipped fitness center, non-motorized water sports in addition to nightly live shows and musical performances from local entertainment groups.

            All 260 luxe waterfront guest rooms feature spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea or Nichupte lagoon and offer relaxing indulgences such as double JacuzziÒ, Swiss spa double head showers, custom-made pillow top Le Blanc bedÒ and a Comfort Menu with pillows, bath salts and aromatherapy scents.  Guests also can enjoy 24-hour room service, included wireless internet, unlimited phone calls to the Continental U.S., Canada and Mexico and premier turndown service that tempts guests to stay in for the evening to fully indulge.

            Le Blanc Spa Resort currently offers the most valuable luxury resort vacation promotion on record, with up to 1,500 Vacation Dollars for Your Indulgences that make a Le Blanc Spa Resort stay the most affordable and luxurious vacation getaway. The 1500 vacation dollars can be used on a number of indulgences such as room upgrades, relaxing spa and beauty salon treatments, romantic private dinners, select wedding packages, golf outings at Palace Resorts branded courses and off-site excursions and tours. Best of all, the combination of options is unlimited, allowing all guests staying in any room category for five nights or more to mix and match dollars among all included amenities. 1,500 Vacation Dollars for Your Indulgences is available now through Dec. 23, 2011. Guests staying five nights or more receive $1,500 per room per stay, while guests staying three or four nights receive $750 per room per stay.

            To book a stay at Le Blanc Spa Resort, call toll free 877-753-2526 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              877-753-2526      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or visit http://www.leblancsparesort.com.

THE MIGHTY ARROW, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

The Mighty Arrow, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

OLVESTON, Montserrat (Sept 15, 2010) – The Soca King of the World, Alphonsus “The Mighty Arrow” Cassell, died at his residence on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat today at the age of 60. 

The international recording artiste was diagnosed with cerebral cancer in early 2009. He was airlifted to the neighbouring island of Antigua last week for treatment. 

His family wishes to thank the medical teams, friends and family who gave their support during the period of his illness. 

Arrow or “Phonzie”, as he was referred to by close friends and family, is responsible for taking the soca genre to the international music scene with his 1982 smash hit, Hot, Hot, Hot. 

Having won the local calypso competition on four occasions, the talents of the proud son of Montserrat were spotted by former Beatles manager, Sir George Martin, who  worked with Arrow to turn his focus to his recording and touring career. 
 
Arrow recorded no less than 22 studio albums with other notable hits including Long Time, Dancing Mood, O’La Soca and Groove Master. 
 
He has performed at concerts, music festivals and gala events across the globe. 
 
“His death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world,” said his brother, Justin “Hero” Cassell, another talented vocalist and songwriter, who worked with Arrow during his peak years. 
 
Funeral announcements will be made in due course.  
 
—For further information contact Justin “Hero” Cassell at (664) 496-0203. 

Organization for Tropical Studies Newsletter. Feb 2010

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The OTS online auction will open at 8:00 EST, February 22, 2010!

We will continue to accept items until February 18, 2010. The auction will coincide with our Annual Meeting in Costa Rica.
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Whale WatchingBring nine of your closest friends for a 4 hour cruise along the South Pacific of Costa Rica observing whales and dolphins as they jump and play in their natural environment. Pacific Quest, a 110′ catamaran based in Dominical, allows you to sit back and relax on the open, upper observation deck with a tropical drink from the bar as the on-board naturalist answers your questions.

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More information about our tour is available at http://costaricawhalewatching.com/ Advance reservation is required for groups of 10 or more. Maximum capacity is 100 passengers, plus crew.
Humpback Whales are in Costa Rican waters from January through March and July through December. Other species of cetations are seen year round. Pacific Quest is a member of the Responsible Whale Watch Operators Association.

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Tropical Biology Applications Due March 1

Program in Costa Rica (BIO 134L), Summer
Summer 2010: June 14 – July 13


Biology 134L Field Tropical Biology
Tropical Biology Studentsoffers students the exciting
opportunity to study first-hand the evolutionary ecology of important plant and animal taxa in tropical ecosystems. Course design emphasizes intensive field work and visits all three OTS field stations as well as other sites. Students are thus introduced to a great diversity of tropical habitats, each possessing distinctive biotas that in turn demonstrate unique evolutionary histories and ecological dynamics. As part of the course, students work closely with resident professors in the design, implementation, and interpretation of their own independent research project in field ecology. Independent projects allow students to learn science by doing science in a beautiful and challenging tropical setting. Results are presented orally following the protocol of a scientific meeting. Students also submit a formal research report which becomes part of the permanent records of OTS field stations.

The course concludes with a short unit on conservation biology, including the application of island biogeography to reserve design and management, as well as the impact of deforestation and fragmentation.

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive one course credit from Duke University.

Instructors:
Silvana Marten Ph.D.
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Oscar Laverde M.Sc.

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Graduate Course Deadlines

Tropical Butterfly Ecology May 14 – 28, 2010
Application Deadline: February 16, 2010 for priority admission, followed by rolling admission until fully enrolled.
Butterfly
A two-week immersion course for graduate students engaged in or planning field research on tropical Lepidoptera. The course draws upon the coordinator’s expertise and 30+ years of work on butterfly ecology and evolution in Central and South America, Africa, Southeast Asia, Madagascar, China, Borneo and Australia. Based at La Selva in Costa Rica, topics will include field methods, ecology and evolution of butterfly-ant symbioses, behavioral ecology, mimicry, ecological physiology, quantitative natural history and future directions in this field.

Coordinators:
Phil DeVries, University of New Orleans,
Bruce Walsh, University of Arizona,
Isidro Chacón, Museo Nacional de Costa Rica & INBIO

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Tropical Plant Systematics June 10 – July 13, 2010
Application Deadline: February 15, 2010 for priority admission, followed by rolling admission until fully enrolled.
Tropical Plants
Offered in even-numbered years, this course emphasizes a strong conceptual foundation in phylogenetic systematics in an intensive field setting. The course travels to diverse habitats around Costa Rica, from cloud forest and paramo to tropical dry forest and Atlantic lowland rain forest. This course is next offered in 2010 followed by another edition in 2012 as it alternates with OTS-18, the Spanish language version of the
course which is offered in odd years. OTS member students have
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Biodiversity of True Bugs (Heteroptera)August 8-22 2010
Application Deadline:March 10, 2010 for priority admission, followed by rolling admission until fully enrolled.
True Bugs
This two week course is oriented towards graduate students and post doctoral fellows interested in intense field training in the collection, identification and inquiry-based research on the Heteroptera or True Bugs, which are well represented in the highly diverse tropics. Field collection, lab identification, and hands-on research experience on Heteroptera will be complemented by a lecture series on their natural history and classification. This program will enhance participants’ abilities to work on the ecology and systematics of this megadiverse group that includes important disease vectors, crop pests, and natural enemies. The course will take place in wet forest habitat at the La Selva Biological Station, including if possible sections of the Barva transect, as well as in the dry forest habitat and wetlands surrounding the Palo Verde Biological Station.

Coordinators:
Dr. Christiane Weirauch, University of California, Riverside,
Dr. Randall t. Schuh, American Museum of Natural History, New York
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Expanding the Frontier in Tropical Ecology through Embedded Sensors August 16-31, 2010
Application deadline March 15, 2010

OTS PASIWith funding from the National Science Foundation, the Organization for Tropical Studies will conduct a conduct a Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) to introduce tropical ecologists from the Americas to recent developments in embedded sensor networks.

Embedded Sensor Networks offer a powerful combination of distributed sensing capacity and open possibilities for countless applications in ecological research. The frontiers of ecology expand as biologists think of new applications and engineers develop the necessary tools to increase our understanding of how ecological systems work.

Coordinators:
Carolina Murcia
Phil Rundel

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Attention Birders!

Upcoming BioCursos Trip: Panamá-Chiriquí Highlands and
Barro Colorado Island in the Panamá Canal

March 1 – 5, 2010

Panama

OTS is offering an exclusive tour for birding enthusiasts into Western Panama and the Smithsonian’s Barrio Colorado Island research station on the Panama Canal.  Organized through the OTS BioCursos program, which provide adult education packages in Costa Costa, this one-week trip starts shortly after the OTS annual meetings to be held this year in southern Costa Rica at Las Cruces and the Wilson Botanical Garden. 

Birding will be the theme of the day

Photo by Merris Mosdaleas the group travels across the border and down into Panama.   Bird enthusiasts, plant lovers, hummingbird and butterfly aficionados — whether you are a part of the OTS boards or part of the friends, alumni or research community — are welcome to join us. Everyone will be thrilled to discover the spectacular biodiversity of the region!  Please see our link for additional information.  Do know, we will be happy to work with you in making your travel arrangements to Costa Rica and Panama. 

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Cost per person: $1299

Contact Jonathan Giles at  919-684-6188  919-684-6188 or jgiles@duke.edu.

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Knee-deep in Research at Palo Verde


The Palo Verde Station is currently in its third year of a grant for International Research Experiences for Students, sponsored by NSF. Graduate students
in the early stages of their careers have been selected on a competitive basis from educational institutions throughout the United States. Once selected, they spend 10 weeks working with OTS scientists on research projects in tropical biology, such as wetlands restoration, flood control, water usage, and reducing negative agricultural impacts on the region.

Jennifer Bufford Jennifer Bufford (University of Hawai’i Mānoa, top), an IRES (International Research Experiences for Students) participant, and assistant Poling Chan (Knox College, bottom) are measuring the species richness of three different aquatic plant communities, which correspond to different management (fangueo) regimes in the Palo Verde marsh. Jennifer is also monitoring bird use of these habitats and will examine the seed bank and regeneration in the field. The IRES program provides a unique opportunity for graduate students to develop research at Palo Verde.  Poling Chan So far, 12 young researchers have participated in this program.

This IRES project allows OTS to offer an international, collaborative research opportunity to U.S. students at a point in their education when such international mentorship and professional relationships can have the greatest impact on the selection of research questions, research design, study systems, and study locations. The work with local farmers, technicians, and extension agents has a dramatic impact on the entire local community as well as on a wider audience.

For more information, please contact Mahmood Sasa, Palo Verde Station Director at mahmood.sasa@ots.ac.cr.

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AMRESORTS Unveils New Lifestyle Resort Brand

AMRESORTS Unveils New Lifestyle Resort Brand:
Now Resorts & Spas to Offer Unlimited-Luxury® and
Enriching Experiences

First Resort Set to Open in Mexico’s Riviera Maya

PHILADELPHIA, PA (January 26, 2010) – Now Resorts & Spas, a new brand of luxury lifestyle resorts, has launched to provide guests the ideal vacation environment to relax and reconnect in a spectacular setting. The announcement was made by Alex Zozaya, president of AMResorts, provider of sales, marketing and resort brand management services. 

Set to open January 25, 2010 in Mexico’s famed Riviera Maya, the first property, Now Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa, is the latest addition to AMResorts family of upscale resort brands, which also include Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts, The Zoëtry Collection, Secrets Resorts & Spas and Dreams Resorts & Spas. Now Resorts & Spas will treat every guest to Unlimited-Luxury®, where everything is included.  The signature vacation concept caters to couples, friends and families with desirable locations, elegant accommodations with stunning ocean views and first-class amenities and services.

While every property will offer a unique flavor, look and experience, overall brand features will be shared. These include: Finely appointed, oversized guest rooms and suites with ocean views and private terraces, wireless internet access, flat screen TVs with surround sound systems, daily refreshed mini bars, 24-hour room and concierge services, multiple gourmet dining offerings and full-service spa and fitness facilities. Wedding services and honeymoon packages also will be available at every resort.

According to Zozaya, Now Resorts & Spas will foster a sense of understated luxury and comfort that, combined with the most sophisticated amenities and activities, will redefine how guests stay and play.

The First Now Resorts & Spas
Now Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa basks in the Caribbean sun near the quaint fishing town of Puerto Morelos, Mexico, 12 miles south of Cancun International Airport.  Officially designated as a “National Park”, the resort is surrounded by nature, including private access to a long beach.

The property’s oceanfront setting and local surroundings inspired national and international designers to create warm and subtle textures in every space, including the 550 luxury suites. Room categories include:  Jr. Suites, Family Suites, Preferred Club level.

Guests also can find a wide range of top-quality culinary experiences within the resort’s seven a la carte gourmet restaurants. Its five bars serve a varied selection of premium and local beverages (no reservations or wristbands required). 

Couples with children will appreciate the resort’s signature Explorers’ Club, which caters exclusively to younger guests ages 3-12 with dedicated facilities and fully-supervised activities. Daily, teen-focused activities also will be available.  

For those seeking relaxation, the spa offers a sublime atmosphere combining hydrotherapy and signature treatments.  Treatment rooms, multiple private massage rooms, a hydrotherapy area featuring indoor Jacuzzis and showers,  sauna and steam bath, complete the stimulating and peaceful experience.  The spa also features a full service salon offering hair treatments, waxing, and manicure and pedicure services.

Now Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa provides the perfect romantic setting for a destination wedding. 

Other in-resort amenities include: Three swimming pools with breathtaking views, six sport courts, motorized water sports, superior entertainment, meeting rooms, a theatre, business center, and a variety of stores.

Zozaya is confident that the time is right to introduce the Now Resorts & Spas brand. “Our success with other brands, ranging from major awards and recognition to high occupancy rates and repeat guest ratios, encouraged our continuous growth. Significant positive awareness among agents and consumers and strong distribution channels should be key factors in our success,” he said.

To learn more about Now Resorts & Spas visit www.nowresorts.com.

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